Education for democracy

Education for democracy is a priority for our society work in Romania. We develop a variety of projects with partners which focus on increasing knowledge of human rights and freedoms, strengthening good governance and civic involvement.

School for democracy

Each year we train a group of 30 young leaders who are interested in civic initiatives which contribute to the strengthening of democracy in Romania.  We help them learn how to use public participation tools to advocate for their rights.

Participants (high school, university or postgraduate students) receive:

  • an in-depth knowledge of principles of democracy
  • understanding of their rights as citizens in respect to transparency of decision making processes
  • access to information of public interest, corruption and conflicts of interests
  • training on how to plan and design civic education projects involving hundreds of young people from their schools and universities. 

Projects which help develop real democracy and have active participation of citizens can receive financial support from the British Council.

Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Expert Forum and Asociaţia Pro Democraţia help us deliver the School for democracy programme.

Latest projects

Preserving Bucharest’s industrial heritage

A new civic project involving 150 students and 3 teachers from the School for Democracy programme kicked off on Saturday 11 November 2017. The aim of the project is to develop creative ideas to preserve and promote the industrial heritage of Bucharest.

A study visit at three industrial heritage spots (Moara lui Assan, Bursa de Mărfuri and Uzinele Malaxa), gave students the opportunity to learn and take photos, which they will present in a photo documentary exhibition at the British Council library in Bucharest on Sunday 26 November, from 16:30 to 18:30.

Tolerance in the public space

We support projects initiated and organised by high-school students, which aim to increase tolerance and understanding in the public space. The projects must address the needs of the local community and involve young people who want a more tolerant, inclusive society. 

This project is developed in partnership with Raţiu Center for Democracy.

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